I stayed in Newport, because it was getting late on a business road trip and it seemed like a convenient place to stop rather than going through the mountains late at night. The hotel was pretty good, but Newport was unimpressive. The town as a whole just seemed backward and dirty. If you're not driving a lifted dually tuck with a full-sized Confederate flag flying from the back, then you might feel out of place here. I say that because in the short time I left the hotel to find some dinner I was passed by three of them at different times and all were angry that I wasn't driving 25 miles over the speed limit.
But as far as the Holiday Inn Express is concerned, it's quite good for the area. I'm not partial to the bright green color of the accent wall in the rooms, but I suppose that's just part of the branding strategy. Free breakfast was surprisingly good. The only real downside was that there was only one elevator (which results in a lot of waiting) and it's positioned in such a way that it's hard to maneuver a luggage cart on to it. If you absolutely have to stay in Newport, this hotel is probably your best option.More
- Free Wifi
- Free Parking